Information supplied by Leigh Wallace, Assistant Senior Countryside Ranger

If you have visited Causeway Pond recently, you will have noticed that the edge boards all along the pond are rotten and the wave action over the pond has undercut the bank leaving a trip hazard at the ponds edge, which was a health and safety issue for Hart District Council.

 

To remedy this, HDC have hired specialist contractors Aquamaintain to remove the old edge boards and replace them with new green Oak edge boards at the Common side of the pond with a geotextile filter sheet to stop the erosion from happening again. The filter sheet will retain the fine material and will be fixed to coated steel anchors to keep it in place and using tensioning Gripples to prevent movement.

 

At the road side of the pond they will be installing coir rolls which have been pre-established with native wetland plants. They will have anti-grazing mesh cages on them to stop the birds eating the new growth, which will need to be kept on for at least one season to allow the plants to become established. The coir rolls will also control erosion.

 

The contractors are also installing 2 sets of green Oak duck access steps, approximately where both benches are, to replace the old steps.

 

In total the work should take about 2 to 3 weeks.

Message posted 14 March 2017

 

 

MEMBERSHIP REACHES 200

At 10 December 2016, our membership reached 200.  The next target is 250!